Isn’t summer the best? My friend brought some delicious fresh veggies from her garden, so we had a feast! Below are the recipes for all of this yumminess.
BAKED GARLIC CHICKEN
INGREDIENTS 2 cups sour cream 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 garlic cloves, minced 4 teaspoons celery salt 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon pepper 8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers (about50) 1/2 cup melted butter melted 1/4 cup vegetable oil
DIRECTIONS In a large shallow glass dish, combine the first seven ingredients. Add chicken; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Place cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl; roll chicken in crumbs until coated. Transfer to a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Combine butter and oil; pour over the chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
Break ends of green beans off and discard. Break each bean into bite sized pieces.
Place green beans and butter in a large pot. Cover with water.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat (add minced garlic now if you like and a pinch of salt) and continue cooking, stirring often, until water is almost completely cooked out and beans are very tender.
Salt and pepper to taste. And if you like red pepper flakes add them here and enjoy!
When I say easy, I mean easy. For real. 3 ingredients! I serve these when I make tacos…from a box. We all have nights when we just need to get dinner on the table and aren’t feeling particularly creative, right?
EASY REFRIED BEANS
15 ounces refried beans
1⁄2 cup salsa
1cup shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until bubbly and warm.
Ahhh, the South. What do we do to healthy veggies? Add bacon, of course. Don’t knock it til you tried it. Shut up, Cholesterol, you’re fine.
SOUTHERN BACON-FRIED CABBAGE
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored and chopped
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Cook the bacon in a jumbo cooker over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and discard the rest.
In the same jumbo cooker, return the 2 tablespoons bacon grease. Over medium-high heat, cook the onion until it is soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for an additional 1 minute. Stir in the cabbage and continue to cook and stir for 4-5 minutes. Add the seasoned salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix well.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes.
Just before serving, mix the bacon into the cooked cabbage. Serve immediately.
I love fried okra, it’s always been a special summer treat in our family. This recipe is from the Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook.
2 pound fresh okra
3/4 cup Salt
2 cups plain cornmeal
Slice okra. Combine 3 qt. water with salt, pour over okra. Soak for 30 minutes, drain & rinse twice. Dredge okra, in batches in cornmeal. Pour oil in a dutch oven. Heat to 375. Fry okra in batches for 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
I made this delicious ham for Easter dinner. It was from the Pioneer Woman and was just delicious. We loved it!
1 12- to 15-pound fully cooked bone-in ham
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
1/2 c. dijon mustard
1/2 c. honey
1/2 tsp. black pepper
For the ham: Preheat the oven to 325 ̊ Fahrenheit. Score the surface of the ham with a sharp knife in a diamond pattern, about 1/4 inch deep. Stick the cloves in between the diamonds.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan, tent it with foil and bake until warmed through, about 2 hours.
For the glaze: Mix the mustard, honey and pepper in a medium bowl.
Remove the ham from the oven and uncover. Brush with half of the glaze, making sure to get it in the scored lines. Return to the oven, uncovered, and hake until the ham looks glossy, about 20 minutes. Brush with the remaining glaze and bake until just beginning to caramelize, about 20 more minutes.
Remove the ham from the oven and let rest 15 to 20 minutes.
How have I waited this many years before visiting this beautiful gem in the middle of a big city? We went this weekend and they were having a huge plant sale! The whole place was super crowded, but after circling the lot twice, we lucked up in a parking spot. Parking is free and entry is free! What a gift to the people of Birmingham and its visitors!
Though there appeared to be a ton of folks here, we never felt crowded. The park is so spread out with something to see in every single corner. We loved the conservatory with its water feature and tropical plants, the beautiful fountains, the winding paths to get to each area and the thoughtfully placed swings and benches along the way to rest your tootsies. Far and away my favorite garden was the Japanese Garden.
The Japanese Garden has a Tori Gate at the entrance to welcome you and it sets the tone perfectly for the wonders you are about to see. Beautiful photo ops await with the koi pond, the meandering bridge, the turtles sunning themselves on the rocks and the tea garden. Do not miss this.
We didn’t see everything we wanted, so I know I’ll be back when I’m in town again. So peaceful and lovely.